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The Unselfish Actions of Today’s “Selfish” Men

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The Unselfish Actions of Today’s “Selfish” Men

Selfishness requires consideration for the long-range consequences of one’s actions. Over the past year, we have seen many highly-publicized instances of people being caught acting dishonestly. Investor Bernie Madoff was caught running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions. Golfer Tiger Woods admitted to engaging in more than a dozen affairs over the course […]

Has the Free Market Failed?

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Has the Free Market Failed?

The American economy is in a state of malaise. Stock and real estate prices have plummeted from their peaks in recent years, people have collectively lost trillions of dollars, major companies have gone bankrupt, and unemployment numbers remain high. Undoubtedly, many students are lying awake at night wondering whether they will find work after graduation. […]

The Business of Healthcare

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The Business of Healthcare

America’s ailing healthcare industry requires more freedom, not less The state of California has lost more than 90 emergency rooms since 1990—and with them, the ability to treat hundreds of thousands of patients. In New York City, eight hospitals have shut down since 2003 after facing a financial crisis. To stay afloat, countless other hospitals […]

Taking the Pain out of Productivity

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Taking the Pain out of Productivity

The problem with the perceived divide between work and life. With graduation day looming for this year’s college class, millions of students will soon be joining those already seeking employment, while the employed nervously hope their positions are safe. Media commentators and political leaders, following the public’s lead, have fixated on the issue of “jobs”–how […]

Campus Media Response: Individuals Exercise Freedom of Speech Through Corporations

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Campus Media Response: Individuals Exercise Freedom of Speech Through Corporations

Court ruling favors corporate interests The Badger Herald, January 25, 2010 Editor: Chelsea Lawliss asserts that corporations have no right to freedom of speech because a “corporation is a collective entity and, by default, a machine that runs on the fuel of self-interest.” On the contrary, Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion notes that a corporation is […]

Doing No [Business With] Evil

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Doing No [Business With] Evil

China, a country of over one billion people with arguably the world’s fastest growing economy, presents an attractive investment opportunity for many Western companies. However, doing business under China’s totalitarian regime comes at a price. For Google, the world’s largest search firm, this meant bowing to the government’s strict censorship rules for search results, which […]

Campus Media Response: The Roots of the Objectivist Campus Revival

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Campus Media Response: The Roots of the Objectivist Campus Revival

Objectivists Expand Presence The Stanford Review, January 8, 2010 Dear editors, Jordan Carr claims that a revival of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism at Stanford does not result from any “attitudinal shift” among students. Instead, he thinks, a philosophy that upholds reason, egoism and capitalism is appealing to college students merely because they have “minimal […]

Less Isn’t More

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Less Isn’t More

The flawed logic of conservationism One can hardly escape the appeals to one of today’s most popular causes: conservationism. The message seems to be everywhere: conserve electricity, conserve water, conserve gas, conserve plastic, conserve paper. The state of California has even begun regulating large screen televisions in the name of conservation. To many, it seems […]

To Judge or Not To Judge Mark Sanford

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To Judge or Not To Judge Mark Sanford

Writing for South Carolina’s Sun News, journalist Isaac Bailey offers us cutting commentary about how his State’s General Assembly recently failed to impeach governor Mark Sanford. Sanford has admitted to lying to his State, flaunting State travel laws, and engaging in a range of disgraceful behaviors to cover his tracks while engaged in an extra-marital […]

Toddlers–Selfish or Selfless?

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Toddlers–Selfish or Selfless?

Are children naturally altruistic? A recent study seems to suggest so: “When infants 18 months old see an unrelated adult whose hands are full and who needs assistance opening a door or picking up a dropped clothespin, they will immediately help” Michael Tomasello writes in “Why We Cooperate,” a book published in October. Dr. Tomasello’s […]

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